Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
February 9, 2011
Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
ORANGE COUNTY MAN FACES EXTRADITION TO ARIZONA FOR 2004 RAPE, KIDNAPPING AND
ROBBERY COLD CASE AFTER DNA HIT
* Defendant’s DNA collected as part of OCDA Public Safety Crime Prevention
and Deterrence DNA program
SANTA ANA – An Orange County man will appear in Orange County Superior Court tomorrow for an extradition hearing for a 2004 rape, kidnapping and robbery cold case in Arizona after being linked through DNA taken as part of the Orange County District Attorney’s (OCDA) DNA program. Santos Basilio O’Dell, 32, was arrested Feb. 2, 2011, by the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) on an Arizona warrant for a 2004 crime that occurred in Chandler, AZ. O’Dell is being held without bail and is scheduled to appear in court for an extradition hearing tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
On Sept. 12, 2009, O’Dell violated a protective order in Orange County by contacting his then-wife through text messages and harassing phone calls while going through divorce proceedings. He was charged by the OCDA March 5, 2010, and pleaded guilty April 7, 2010, to one misdemeanor count of violation of a protective order. O’Dell was sentenced to three years of informal probation, a 1-year Batterer’s Treatment Program, and 10 days of community service.
As part of the plea agreement and the OCDA Public Safety Crime Prevention and Deterrence DNA program, the defendant was required to provide a DNA sample. O’Dell’s DNA was submitted to the national DNA database, Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).
After the submission, the Chandler Police Department (CPD) in Arizona received a CODIS DNA hit Sept. 1, 2010, linking O’Dell to an unsolved rape, kidnapping, and robbery case. A Chandler police detective contacted the OCDA and NBPD for assistance on locating O’Dell, who was living as a transient in Orange County. Once an arrest warrant was issued in Arizona, the defendant was arrested by Newport Beach police officers with assistance from the OCDA and CPD.
For information on the Arizona case against O’Dell, please contact CPD Public Information Officer, Det. Frank Mendoza at (480) 782-4106.